Gaited Arabians

     Gait is one of those traits that often gets sly looks and questions about pedigree when it shows up in “unexpected” places, such as the Arabian Raseyn (below), and other gaited sons and grandsons of the Polish Arabian Skowronek. Skowronek’s parentage has been questioned in part because of this trait, but a number of other early Arabians, including many offspring of the Egyptian Arabian Mesaoud, were also known to gait.

     Many travelogues and British soldiers’ diaries mention this trait in desert bred animals, though sorting out which ones would be considered “Arabian” by todays standards is challenging. Non-trotting gaits gaits in early Thoroughbreds have often been attributed to the ‘native’ mares of Britain, but by the 18th century gaitedness was probably more common among the desert-breds than among the British stock used in establishing the thoroughly-bred horse.

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